In 2018 California’s farms and ranches received almost $50 billion for their output. This represents a slight increase compared to 2017. California remains the leading US state in cash farm receipts.
California’s agricultural abundance includes more than 400 commodities. Over a third of the country’s vegetables and two-thirds of the country’s fruits and nuts are grown in California. California’s top-10 valued commodities for 2018 are:
- Dairy Products, Milk — $6.37 billion
- Grapes — $6.25 billion
- Almonds — $5.47 billion
- Cattle and Calves — $3.19 billion
- Pistachios — $2.62 billion
- Strawberries — $2.34 billion
- Lettuce — $1.81 billion
- Floriculture — $1.22 billion
- Tomatoes — $1.20 billion
- Oranges — $1.12 billion
We would like to note that, for the first time, the Agricultural Statistics Review includes summary data about organic production, a significant segment of California agriculture.
California agricultural statistics derive primarily from the United States Department of Agriculture/National Agricultural Statistics Services (USDA/NASS) reports. CDFA collaborates with the University of California at Davis to produce statistics for California agricultural exports. For county-level reporting please see the CDFA County Liaison site.
Initial crop statistics for 2019 are expected later this year.